Twin Cities Marathon

Like next month’s Grandma’s Marathon, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October has reached its limit of runners. A press release on the Medtronic marathon says the race reached its 11,000-runner limit this past weekend and attracted marathoners from all 50 states and 16 other countries.

The big two Minnesota marathons, which are historically among the top 20 largest in the country, sold out quickly. And both exclusively used online registration, a move the Fargo Marathon race organizers said they were contemplating for 2009.

Those still feeling the "runner’s high" from Fargo’s race on Saturday might be looking at another race. There are plenty of options coming up this summer and fall, and this blog will continue to provide weekend previews. In conjunction with the Medtronic marathon, the event also hosts a 10-mile run that starts in Minneapolis and ends at the capital in St. Paul, along a shorter version of the marathon route. If you’re looking to be a part of a big-time event, within driving distance, this is your best chance. Registration for the Medtronic 10-mile opens in July and runners must enter a lottery to join.

Of course, there are several other half marathons and marathons regionally in September, including ones in Detroit Lakes, Bismarck and Walker.